The winners of the 2011 Sony Radio Awards will be announced on Monday (9th May), with a strong field in the Production category, writes Kevin Hilton. Among the nominations are music and news specials, features and drama. The ceremony, hosted at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London by Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, who is also nominated for Breakfast Show of the Year in the 10 million plus listeners bracket, will recognise talent and achievement in both BBC and commercial radio, nationally and locally, as it has done since 1983. In the Production Awards those up for Best Music Special include Lenny Henry's Musical Journey To South Africa, produced by Just Radio for BBC Radio 4 and UB40 (Absolute Radio for Absolute Radio and Absolute 80s). In the Best News Special category are The Reunion: Hurricane Katrina (Whistledown Productions for BBC Radio 4) and Raoul Moat - The Final Hours (Real Radio North East for Real Radio). Radio 4's perennial Just A Minute is in the Comedy section, while a true radio pionner was celebrated in the nominated Feature Wireless Kenny Everett (Howlett Media Productions for BBC Radio 2). The Best Drama section includes In For A Penny (Tempest Productions for BBC Radio Scotland) and The Recordist (BBC Bristol for BBC Radio 4), a play starring John Gordon Sinclair (pictured) about a surveillance expert who bugs his errant wife and uses the footage as a teaching aid in training courses. www.radioawards.org
Sony Award recognises Everett's radio legacy
Kenny Everett was among the most innovative and influential presenters in British radio. Kevin Hilton talks to the makers of a Sony Award winning documentary that celebrates Everett's contribution to what he always called the "wireless" and how digital technology was used to restore and emulate original analogue material.